Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Building raised beds can be costly, but it doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as I love to spend money, I'm also very cheap, and love DIY projects. Using inexpensive, quality materials is possible.
I had plans on adding more raised beds to my garden, but I knew that would cost more than I wanted to spend. After all, my goal is to save out family money by eating what we grow, but spending hundreds on a bunch of material kind of defeats the purpose. I got an idea after the a storm knocked part of our fence over. It wasn't put together properly so I wasn't surprised that it got ruined. I thought to myself, if picket fence wood is good enough to withstand harsh weather conditions (other than being knocked down lol), then I don't see why I can't use them to build raised beds. So I had Dwight purchase extra pickets in addition to the ones he was getting to replace the ones that were damaged, and some planter wall blocks.
These are $3.18 each.
The cedar fence pickets were $2.97
For the longer sides, I left them at the length that they are, which is 6 feet. For the shorter sides, I wanted them to be 2 ft. For this particular bed, the pickets on the inside are 4ft. This whole bed was just under $45 to make.
The newer beds, will be 6ft x 2ft, and twice as high.
The grooves that the pickets slide into are wider than the pickets, so it would be a good idea to double up and use two pickets, or cut costs by cutting a few inches off of the leftover pickets to slide them into the corners. I most likely will use a whole picket.
Cheap raised beds leaves you with the money you'll need to fill it with soil. Are you giving this a try? Post photos on Instagram so I can see and share.